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Waking up : overcoming the obstacles to human potential
Tart, Charles T., 1937-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : New Science Library ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. by Random House, 1986.
Physical Description:
xvi, 323 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
"An Institute of Noetic Sciences book."
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Based on Gurdjieff's notion that most people are automatons controlled by mechanical habits of thought, perception and behavior.

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Booklist Review

Psychologist Charles Tart skillfully blends principles of modern psychology with those of ancient Eastern philosophy and mysticism in order to teach readers how to achieve what popularly is termed ``a higher state of consciousness.'' The information contained in this book will strike some readers as preposterous, and others will find its message obscure; those who quest after greater spirituality, however, will enjoy the many insights Tart has to offer. True to his experience as a psychologist and philosopher, Tart encourages readers to find and express their individuality by listening to the ``inner voice'' that's too often stifled by the pressures of environment and adult responsibility. This voice, he contends, distinguishes our essence from our personality. Borrowing heavily from the writings of the early-nineteenth-century Eastern mystic George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, the author shows readers practical ways to achieve personal enlightenment and peace. An intriguing and lucidly written, if a bit esoteric, study. Notes and references; to be indexed. MB. 158'.1 Subconsciousness / Self-perception / Conflict (Psychology) Prevention / Happiness [CIP] 86-11844

Choice Review

A Russian named G.I. Gurdjieff, after WWI, brought to Western Europe and the US a philosophy and techniques of searching for enlightenment. He based this approach on guidance sought from teachers in the Middle East, a quest described in his Meetings with Remarkable Men (1950). Since its publication, the steady appeal of the Gurdjieff tradition to small groups of intellectuals has produced many volumes of memoirs and texts not easy to relate to Western scientific tradition. Tart (University of California, Davis) has produced a magnificently clear and readable introduction to Gurdjieff's ideas, expressed in terms familiar to anyone with a background in academic psychology; the book is so well written that such a background is probably not necessary for understanding. The Gurdjieffian tradition has much in common with other Asian inner-search traditions, to which Waking up will provide a useful introduction. Tart's book could also help scientifically oriented students understand mystical elements in the Jewish and Christian traditions. It has a place in every college library, and is appropriate for public libraries as well.-I.L. Child, Yale University